Sunday, January 04, 2009

War movies are depressing

"War movies are depressing" she said. Then she left the room to chit-chat with her girlfriend.

That made me think: I've never found the war movie genre depressing.

A good war movie can show man at his worst .. and best.

Speirs in Band of Brothers by you.

This is from 'Band of Brothers' episode 'Breaking Point'.  I defy you to watch that episode to the end ..

Carwood Lipton: Sir? These men aren't really concerned about the stories. They're just glad to have you as our CO. They're happy to have a good leader again.

Ronald Spiers: Well, from what I've heard, they've always had one. I've been told there's always been one man they could count on. Led them into the Bois Jacques, held them together when they had the crap shelled out of them in the woods. Every day, he kept their spirits up, kept the men focused, gave 'em direction... all the things a good combat leader does.

You don't have any idea who I'm talking about, do you?

Carwood Lipton: No, sir.

Ronald Spiers: Hell, it was you, First Sergeant. Ever since Winters made Battalion, you've been the leader of Easy Company.

and not shed a manly tear.
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